Self-Study Process

Planning for our self-study began early in the fall 2016 semester with planning work by President Katherine Bergeron, Dean of the Faculty Abby Van Slyck (our NEASC accreditation liaison officer), Associate Professor of English Jeff Strabone, and Director of Institutional Research and Planning John Nugent. A steering committee comprised of senior administrators and campus leaders was appointed, and each member of the committee chaired a subcommittee aligned with one of the standards. Subcommittee members were administrators, faculty, staff, and students with expertise in the subject areas of the standards, and they worked over the course of the spring 2017 semester to familiarize themselves with their standard and to develop the descriptions, appraisals, and projections presented in the self-study and to assemble the documents and materials that form the evidentiary basis for the report. 

Read the College's April 2018 NEASC reaccreditation self-study.

 

Project Activities and Timeline

The following outlines the timeline of the self-study process:

Phase I: Steering committee formation and planning

September-December 2016

  • Planned the process and timeline for our reaccreditation self-study
  • Appointed steering committee members and subcommittee members

 

Phase II: Subcommittee work

January-May 2017

  • Institutional research office coordinated the completion of Data First forms
  • Subcommittees met to familiarize themselves with the reaccreditation process and the standard they were focused on
  • Subcommittee members developed substantive descriptions, appraisals, and projections related to each item within their standard

 

Phase III: Self-study writing and document repository creation

Summer 2017

  • Steering committee members used subcommittee materials and Data First forms to write the self-study
  • Institutional research office worked with Communications Office to construct a self-study website and assemble documents
  • Draft of the 100-page self-study narrative completed by first week of August

 

Phase IV: Review, revise, and finalize self-study narrative

August-December 2017

  • Steering committee members used subcommittee materials and Data First forms to write the self-study
  • Institutional research office worked with Communications Office to construct a self-study website and assemble documents
  • Draft of the 100-page self-study narrative completed by first week of August
  • Self-study draft was circulated for review by campus constituencies and submitted to NEASC for early review and feedback

 

Phase V: Distribute self-study to visiting team and finalize details for site visit

January-April 2018

  • Made revisions to self-study based on NEASC feedback
  • Public notifications of site visit were published in several locations to invite public comment
  • Distributed self-study to visiting team members in late February 2018 (six weeks prior to visit)
  • Site visit dates are April 8-11, 2018